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Refresh Your Home for Spring

After a long, gray winter, it feels good to finally look forward to the lengthening days, fresh flowers, and cheerier spirits of spring. As soon as the first hint of spring peeks its head up in the garden, I like to begin making little changes around my home to reflect the new season. This can be as simple as scooping up a big bunch of fresh cut flowers at the market to plunk into tiny bud vases or pretty water glasses…or as ambitious as painting and wallpapering!

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Spring color inspiration: In spring, we can draw inspiration from the new shoots, pale blue sky, and blossoming trees for a palette of mint, aqua, sky blue, sunny yellow, and petal pink. If you’re a bit of a color-phobe, dip your toes into this spring palette by placing a few fresh, cheerful accents against a backdrop of white walls and pale floors. For a spring party, try hanging blooms in all shades of pink from a ladder (or from the rafters), and layer the table with linens and glassware in watery blues and greens.

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Spring project ideas:

  • Put wallpaper scraps or pretty gift wrap to use by framing pieces with lattice from the home improvement store. Alternatively, pop your favorite sample into a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  • Give a basic bulletin board a fresh look by painting the cork minty green. For contrast, give the frame a coat or two of metallic or glossy white paint.

  • Keep an eye out for pretty packaging, and use it to plant spring bulbs. Imported tea and cookie tins are some of my favorites!

  • Change up the art around your house, swapping out artwork that feels too wintry for something bold, fresh, and fun, like a graphic poster.

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Decorate with Flowers

Enhance your workspace: Get motivated and inspired by giving your workspace a spring refresh, too. A small vase of cut flowers on your desk, a few bits of inspiration taped to the wall at eye level, and a cup full of freshly sharpened pencils will get your Monday morning started on the right note. If you’re looking to make more of a change, consider recovering a boring office chair with a fun, floral fabric; or roll out a vibrant area rug under your desk. And don’t forget to take plenty of breaks to get outside and smell the spring blooms!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Coastal Lagoon Palm Breezy in yellow and white; Nourison Waverly Sun and Shade in Seaglass; Dalyn Torino Ombre in teal; Surya Aberdine in teal, charcoal, light gray and lime.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Tips for Choosing + Displaying Art

Art is one of the quickest and easiest ways to personalize your space, and with so many great affordable art options out there these days, there’s almost certainly something to love within your budget. Read on for 5 tips for choosing and displaying art, plus my top 3 art print picks!

Tip no. 1: Consider the mood you want to create in your space. In the living room, think cheerful, vibrant, and conversation-starting. In the bed and bath, think soothing and serene.

Tip no. 2: Choose what makes you happy! Taste in art is highly personal, so go with your gut and choose pieces based on how they make you feel. The art in your home should be a source of inspiration and joy.

Tip no. 3: Take a cue from your furniture when hanging. Art works best when it relates to a nearby piece of furniture. In the space shown here, a grouping of artwork centering on a large-format floral print works to draw the eye up and away from the ‘big black box’ of the TV. In other areas of the home you might want to position artwork above a credenza, console table, or headboard.

Tip no. 4: Make hanging art easier. Use picture hanging strips instead of nails for all but the heaviest frames, and don’t forget to use a level! To completely avoid the hassle of hanging, you can always prop up artwork against the wall, or line up pieces on a floating shelf.

Tip no. 5: One oversize piece always looks good. Salon style groupings can be gorgeous, to be sure, but nothing beats a single stunning piece for maximum impact. Plus, it’s foolproof to get right!

My top 3 favorite prints right now all have a bit of a springtime floral theme, perfect for ushering in the next season…which can’t come soon enough!

Art shopping guide (clockwise from top): Close-up of cherry blossoms; Whisper Magnolia; A Pot of Tea and Keys.

Want more art print inspiration? Shop our full art gallery here.

Photos: The Glitter Guide

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Bringing Hygge into Your Home

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Hygge (hue-gah) by definition is a feeling or mood that comes from the pleasures found in ordinary everyday life. Sounds easy enough right? The Danish word most associates itself with winter, and since it’s 27º out as I write this it couldn’t be more timely. Let’s dive into the world of hygge and some ways you can bring into your own space!

Fireplaces.
I realize this is a luxury not everyone has in their home, but lounging by a fire is one of the best ways to cozy up and get some serious relaxing done. Grab a book or turn on the show you’re currently binging on and get to work already!

The Everygirl

Throw pillows and blankets.
A deep chair, a nest of throw pillows, and the softest blanket – it really doesn’t get much better on a cold winter’s day. Add a dimmed table lamp and you have a recipe for total comfort and serenity, and probably a nap as well.

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Rituals.
Whatever that is to you: a good long soak in a bath with salts and essential oils, grinding beans and making a pot of French press coffee, there’s no right answer. It’s all about taking the time and being present through the paces on the way to that ultimate satisfaction.

Joanna Henderson

Candlelight.
This seems like a no brainer, I’m sure, but candlelight is pure and utter magic. I love adding it in unexpected places like a dark bathroom, in an empty fireplace, or on my bookshelves. It’s so romantic with that soft glow.

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via Domino

Gather.
While we tend to go into hibernation, winter socializing is a big part of Scandinavian life. Comforting foods and coming together make chilly days all the warmer.

Lauren Caris Cooks

Warm beverages.
Mulled wine, hot toddies, freshly steeped tea, the options are endless! There are few things better than holding a warm mug of something delicious in your hands and savoring the moment and being present.

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Soft rugs.
Obviously you don’t want your tootsies touching the chilly floor, so add a few floor rugs for some extra coziness and texture throughout your home. And of course put on some thick socks and slippers, too!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Part VI: Rug + Room | Dining Rooms

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter how beautifully a room is designed, without a floor rug it just feels like something is missing. The perfect rug has the power to be a unifying force as well as a soft layer beneath your feet, and there are few rooms more demanding than the dining room. It’s a space that’s part cozy and part utilitarian which means the right rug needs to be as well.

The warm burgundies and golds in this fringed rectangular Karastan have just what the design doctor ordered, warm tones to pull together the floor and farm tables as well as some darker areas that will tie in those chairs.

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The right rug won’t stick out like a sore thumb, it’ll fit right in like a member of the family. This one is stunning, with plenty of grey to balance out those pops of vibrant color so that it won’t overwhelm this otherwise neutral dining space. I’d bring it in to add some dimension to that already beautiful table and chairs.

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Who says a rug has to be a rectangle? Not us! A circular one is perfect fit for a round dining table, particularly when space is at a premium. This dark grey beauty is art in its own right, adding an unexpected area of graphic interest to a sparsely designed area.

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Let’s do another one! I very much love both the 6-person table and the art on display in this dining area, but think it could be punched up one step further. This rich golden rug would blend in oh so well with all of that warm wood, adding another level of design depth to what is already a fantastic space.

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Even more than circular rugs, square rugs aren’t utilized nearly enough in my opinion. Put one under your traditional 4-seat dining table to mix things up and make it interesting! I’d use this green and cream chevron one to pick up on that incredible window full of greenery that looks to take up an entire wall. Bring the outdoors in!

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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